A twist in traditional recipe and a pledge

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As many of you know, that Sindhirasoi is a blog about Vegetarian Recipes, so I thought to share something related to it.
No, I am not here to convince you to turn Vegetarian in case you are a voracious meat eater or the one who can’t live without having chicken based dish.I am not here to force you to give up your daily dose of proteins in form of eggs, nor am I trying to bombard you with the information of “Cruelty against animals and birds”.We all know about the pros and cons of being “carnivores” and still if many of us opt for the same, its just a personal choice. Let’s leave aside the arguments of what’s good and what’s bad, for some other day.Right now I am here to request you to at least give up your love for meat for ONE SINGLE DAY….and here is the reason…..
On November 25, every year, “Meatless Day” is observed by many Sindhi and Non-Sindhi Followers of Dada Vasawani.

To many thousands around the world, Sadhu T.L. Vaswani is a name synonymous with reverence for all life. Indeed, he was the living embodiment of an unsullied love that knew no bounds, an all-embracing love that included all mankind, animals and all creation. He cared deeply about the birds of the air and the animals of the earth; and he protected them whenever and however he could.

Born on November 25, 1879, in Hyderabad Sind, Sadhu Vaswani’s life was touched with a spark of divinity from a very early age. After a brilliant academic career culminating in the M.A.degree, his natural inclination lay in following the life of a fakir. But this was not consistent with the wishes of his mother. So he submitted to her will and pursued a teaching career, becoming a professor and principal of prestigious colleges in the country.
Sadhu Vaswani belonged to a time when patriotism manifested itself as a struggle for freedom from the colonial yoke. He was a freedom fighter and worked as a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi in the Satyagraha Movement.
Implanted deep in Sadhu Vaswani’s heart was reverence for an life. Every little thing he did was inspired by the Vision Cosmic. His heart bled at the cruelties inflicted upon animals day after day, for food. “Take my head,” he pleaded,” but pray stop all slaughter!t’ This deep awareness of the need for reverence for all life, in whichever form it is manifest, formed a very essential part of Sadhu Vaswani’s teachings and has been propagated by the International Meatless Day Campaign.

In 1986, it was proposed that November 25, Sadhu Vaswani’s Birthday be celebrated as an International Meatless Day. The campaign has met with considerable success in that, lakhs of individuals send their pledges to the Mission to go meatless on this day. Four state governments in India – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh – have issued instructions for the closure of slaughter-houses as well as butchers’ shops on 25th November every year, in their respective states.

In order to create an awareness in the minds of citizens about the Meatless Day campaign, peace marches are held in Pune and other cities in November, every year. Thousands of students from city schools and colleges march through the streets propagating the idea of Meatless Day and reverence for all life, as the first step to World Peace.(Source : Here)

So are you willing to join the mission this year? All you have to do is pledge that you will turn vegetarian for a day , on 25th of November.

Care to leave a comment at the end of post, pledging that you wont eat meat on 25 th of this month? If yes, then kindly accept my heartfelt gratitude !

Now coming to the recipe of the day, Doda for sindhis or Joladda roti or Akki roti for others is well known unleavened flatbread made from rice flour or sorghum flour.

This time I tried the same recipe with Ragi (finger millet) flour, ofcourse after I came to know the tremendous benefits of same.

Nutritional Facts of ragi, Per 100 gram

  • Protein 7.3 g
  • Fat 1.3 g
  • Carbohydrate 72 g
  • Minerals 2.7 g
  • Calcium 344 mg
  • Fibre 3.6 g
  • Energy 328 Kcal




Take a closer look !

Ragi roti




A twist in traditional recipe and a pledge
Recipe type: Flatbread
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Indian Flatbread made from Ragi flour, spiced up with onions and herbs
  • Ragi flour (one small cup for each dodo, and kindly note these are difficult to roll into larger diameters, so make them small)
  • Chopped onion, a spoonful for each
  • Chopped Green chillies as per your taste.
  • Chopped Coriander leaves 1 spoon for each dodo
  • Chopped fresh green garlic, a little,but use both…. the while bulb part as well as the green leaves. You can also use some crushed garlic cloves in case fresh garlic is not available.
  • Salt
  • Oil 1 tspn for each dodo and some to add while cooking.
  • Hot Water to knead the flour
  1. Mix all the ingredients except water.
  2. Now add hot water little by little, mixing it properly and knead the dough,till you get a soft manageable dough.Smooth-en it properly by greasing your palms.
  3. Now take a small portion of this dough and pat it gently on your palms, till small puri like discs are obtained.(you can grease or wet your palms before doing so,to avoid sticky mess).
  4. Now this could be really tough for novices. Just try it this way…..Take a clean plastic sheet(or cut open a poly bag,or zip-lock pouch), sprinkle some dry flour on that and start patting the dough in circular motion till it  achieves required thickness.
  5. Then carefully transfer it on griddle, let it cook for few seconds and slide it on the inverted flat plate, then transfer it back on griddle ( this is to help flip) and cook on other side.
  6. Cook it on medium flame on both sides. Apply  some oil  after flipping sides, so as to make it crisp
  7. Enjoy it hot (it only taste good when hot) with any veggie / dal / buttermilk. We enjoyed it with Turnip veggie, called Chithyal ghogrunh or mashed turnips.

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12 thoughts on “A twist in traditional recipe and a pledge


    Hi, Alka dear i m thankful to say about ragi roti i have eaten this first time so yummy it was really i love u i m from dubai plz send other new recepie thankyou very much

  2. where to get ragi grain and ragi flour in delhi?
    can u help ?
    also plz correct error . nutritional value of ragi in calcium is 344 mg and not 3.44 gm


  3. there are many others ways we make animals suffer

    1 bursting crackers
    2 oil spill
    3 deforestation
    4 in circuses
    5 in zoos
    6 experimentation by scientists
    7 poaching of wildlife


  4. I’ve always enjoyed ragi roti; even the plain ones taste really good.They have always been a healthy treat 🙂

  5. HI
    Very healthy one.
    Yes I am with you, no Eggs tomorrow.

  6. I am so with you as I am a vegetarian 🙂

  7. Hi,

    I just found your blog. Absolutely love the recipes here. My brother always talks about his friend’s mom who makes great sindhi food…he always made me curious about sindhi cusine, which makes me even more happy to have stumbled into your blog…these rotis look wonderful!! Ragi is such a healthy treat. I’ll definitely try this. N the vegetarian note u posted is really encouraging…I love vegetarian treats but i have a better half who cant live without some meat to eat in every meal 🙂 u know how it is…opposites attract they say…hehehe….but I’ll try to keep him vegetarian on thursday…putting u on my blogroll with immediate effect…that shud tell u how much I love this place 🙂

  8. Hi Alka,

    Thanks for the information. I stay in Pune but didnt know that 25 November is observed as a meatless day. I too pleadge to do the same this year 🙂

    I love dhodas so m gonna try this new version too. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  9. I would like to share something with you guys. I am from Pune and we lived right opposite the Sadhu Vaswani Mission. In this particular colony almost 85% or so families living there were sindhis and we were the only muslim family. Our neighbour (two loving sisters) would take myself and my sister for stasang. I am honoured to say that I have actually spoken to Dadaji (I must have been 3) One day (I was sitting on his lap) and he asked me whether I ate meat and I said yes. Very kindly he spoke to me about the the pain that these poor animals went through and he asked me to try and refrain from eating meat and I agreed. Belive me I did not touch meat for many many days. Now my youngest daughter is a pure vegetraian and wonders how anyone can ‘eat flesh”
    By the way I have walked in the parade which takes place on the 25th of November for many years.

    And thanks for refreshing my memory. I will be on a strict vegetraian diet on the 25th.
    Dada Shyam, Dada Shyam

  10. Ragi is always welcome in my dite in any form nice post Alka and Iam with you …

  11. Sounds delicious!! I love adding Ragi to meals – its tasty and nutritious too.

  12. Basantlal Nagdev says:

    Thanks a lot for details about observing 25/11 as meatless day. I understand that many butchers also refrain from “cruelty” on this day (in Pune)

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